Posted by Mike Florio on March 20, 2014, 7:56 AM EDT
As the NFL prepares to consider a proposal from the Patriots to push the extra point try back to the 25, another change could be looming that would affect the degree of difficulty for all kick attempts.
During Wednesday’s conference call to present and discuss the proposed rule changes, Falcons CEO Rich McKay addressed the question of whether the goal posts could be narrowed.
“We have talked about that a lot this year,” McKay said. “We have looked at it and I think it will be something that will be talked about a lot going forward. Really, that discussion gets a little past the extra point and starts getting to the actual field goal statistics themselves. We are at a place where field goals are made 86.6 percent of the time. Which is really an amazing thing because in 1970 that number was around 59 percent. We have really moved up. We have had some really good discussions about that. I do not think there is enough momentum to do it this year, but I think there will be discussions with the goal post going forward.”
The Patriots also have proposed extending the goal posts by five feet, which would reduce the situations in which the kick goes over the top of the apparatus. In those cases, it’s harder to determine whether the kick was successful.
Here’s another solution that could make the concept of the field goal more interesting — put another crossbar atop the structure and require the kick to pass through the ensuing box.
Regardless of what happens, the fact that the NFL constantly is willing to explore ways to change the game shows that the NFL constantly wants to improve the game. As long as that attitude prevails, it’ll be hard for any other major American sport to gain on pro football.
“…put another cross bar atop the structure and require the kick to pass through the ensuing box’
Why stop there ? Why not put a sliding bull’s eye behind the goal post and if the ball hits it, the team gets 10 points and everyone in the stadium gets a free beer.
lol You crack me up Florio
How about a giant foam Jerry Jones head that swings back and forth in front of the uprights? You have to manage the play clock to time the snap and kick so it doesn’t bounce off the head and goes through the goalposts. But if you can get the ball to go in Jerruh’s mouth, you get an additional point — 2 on a PAT and 4 for a field goal.
The comments are hilarious